Nothing in this world will derail you quicker than resentment. Anger and resentment are by far the two most disempowering states, and if you’re looking to move forward and become a better person, husband, father, mother, friend, companion, athlete, salesperson, etc you need to be empowered.
Not only is anger a huge road block for your own progress, a bad temper will have an anger arousing effect on the person on the receiving end, escalating the simplest of disagreements or incidents to a point of no recovery.
And words may never hurt me? No way you still believe that silly little rhyme, do you? The wrong words at the wrong time have started wars and torn families apart since the beginning of time. When you’re in a touchy situation, nobody wins when one (or both) of you is “going for the kill”. De-escalate, take a deep breath, and understand that the terrible things you think make sense to say will have a lasting effect.
My Ironman training posts have a message: Hold your ass accountable and be hard on yourself. You are not going to get the results for the work you don’t do. It’s no different in self-improvement and self-understanding. Admitting fault and saying I am sorry is the first step, but alone, is never enough - find the triggers and learn to deal with the pain in a more civil and constructive way than blowing a gasket. Trust me, I’ve blown my share of gaskets and said things to people in my life that I would give anything to take back, and while I’ve apologized, those apologies mean absolutely nothing without me taking actions to correct that behavior.
I know I’m harping a lot on mental health and self-understanding right now, but without it, physical health means very little. You can be the greatest athlete ever in amazing shape, but does it mean anything if you haven’t a friend or family to share it with?
Last week, direct-care workers with CADES Residential Program in Delaware, Chester, and Bucks counties held a vote on their first-ever union contract. These workers fought to unionize their group homes with SEIU Local 668 back in 2019, and their inaugural negotiation team has been working for nearly a year to create their first contract.
This negotiation team worked tirelessly for many months, battling with CADES management to achieve an overall wage increase of 12.5% over this first contract, implement healthcare cost controls, provide clear, concise overtime and scheduling language, and secure a voice in the workplace through newly established Labor-Management Committees.
“Salaries have been stagnant,” Bucks County worker Frederick Ocansey explained. “CADES really needed a union for the employees, so that [we] can have a say in the affairs of the organization” he declared.
The bargaining unit, consisting of more than 200 direct-care workers based in nearly a dozen residential homes, voted unanimously to accept this first contract.
“We’re incredibly proud of what was achieved by the CADES bargaining team,” SEIU Local 668 president Steve Catanese said on Friday. “Many of these workers have been doing this work for years but weren’t earning a living wage. They are essential workers, and the services they provide to those in need, every single day, can take a toll mentally, physically, and emotionally on them. They, like so many other workers in Pennsylvania, deserve to be justly compensated. SEIU 668 members at CADES are excited to share news of their first contract so other direct-care workers can see what’s possible to achieve when you choose to form a union and have a seat at the table.”
SEIU Local 668 is incredibly proud of the CADES negotiation team, and we’re excited to celebrate the ratification of their first-ever union contract. We know this is just the beginning for these workers, and we hope their efforts will encourage fellow direct-care workers to unionize their workplaces.
For more information about how you can form a union at your workplace, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 717-635-6729.